August 28, 2009
Posted: 05:26 PM ET
LOS ANGELES, California (CNN) - Federal agents have launched "their own independent investigations into matters" uncovered by Los Angeles police while looking into Michael Jackson's death, the Drug Enforcement Administration says.
Drug Enforcement agents have assisted Los Angeles detectives in searches relating to their criminal probe, but the police department requested at a meeting last week that the federal agents pursue their own investigation, the agency said Friday.
"Based on that meeting and at the request of the LAPD, the DEA and Bureau of Narcotics Enforcement (BNE) have initiated their own independent investigations into matters that the LAPD's investigation uncovered that may not be directly related to the cause of death," the Drug Enforcement Administration said.
Last Friday - a day after the meeting - Drug Enforcement agents executed a federal administrative search warrant at the Mickey Fine Pharmacy in Beverly Hills, looking for prescription records relating to Jackson, an agency spokesman said.
The pharmacy sits directly below the offices of Jackson's dermatologist, Dr. Arnold Klein. Shortly before his death, Jackson visited the building several times to see Klein.
Klein, who treated Jackson for decades, denied in a CNN interview last month that he had given Jackson dangerous drugs.
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